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Video tutorials

These videos maybe out of date from the current release. If in doubt, refer to the text documentation below.

What are the 4 ways to make sound in DIN Is Noise?
How do I make binaural drones with DIN Is Noise aka the 5th way to make sound in DIN Is Noise
How do I play and bend notes on the Keyboard-Keyboard?
How do I create drones?
How do I move drones?
How do I visually modulate a drone?
How do I visually modulate a bunch of drones?
How do I change the sound of a bunch of drones?
How do I launch drones like rockets?
How do I orbit a bunch of drones?
How do I launch drones from drones that orbit another drone?
How do I ornament notes on the Microtonal-Keyboard?
How do I play with the balls of Mondrian?
How do I turn regular polygons into waveforms?
How do I make drones launched from a drone launcher orbit that same launcher?
How do I make drones launched from a drone launcher orbit an another drone?
How do I make drones launched from 2 drone launchers orbit a 3rd drone?

DIN Is Noise Menu Reference [Work In Progress]

DIN Is Noise Plugins Reference [Work In Progress]

DIN Is Noise Ball Operations Reference

Keyboard Keyboard:

Press a key. Hear a note. See a box.

Notes of the scale are mapped to keys on the computer keyboard.

Compass is 3 octaves.

1st octave: t, r, e, w, q, a, s
2nd octave: d, f, g, h, j, k, l
3rd octave: ;, ', ], [, p, o, i, u

The keys assigned depend on the notes in the scale.

z: shift an octave down
x: shift an octave up

F11 & F12 : decrease/increase octave shift bpm
Or use the Octave Shift widget.

9: load previous waveform in library
0: load next waveform in library

Or press < and > buttons on the Waveform widget.

Press 2 to edit the waveform or Menu > Editors > keyboard-keyboard waveform

Delay:

  Click on the Delay button to toggle stereo delay lines.

  Use the Delay editor (press 6 or Menu > Editors > Delays) to change 
  feedback & volume curves.

Mouse driven pitch bend:

  Dotted vertical line marks the mouse position of the last triggered note.

    Move left of dotted line to lower pitch of all active notes
    Move right of dotted line to increase pitch of all active notes

  Mouse driven pitch bend overrides MIDI driven pitch bend.

  If you cant see the dotted line, mouse is out of the window. Bring it
  inside and play a note.

  If Show nearby notes is ON, mouse movement only bends the last 
  triggered note.  Move your mouse to the nearby note to bend to 
  that note.

  Press SPACE to stop mouse driven pitch bend. Get it back when you 
  trigger a new note.

MIDI:

  If MIDI input is available, dotted crosses will mark the 13 notes 
  of the octave.

  Setup MIDI in Settings page.

  White box shown when you play White note.
  Black box shown when you play Black note.

  Size of box is proportional to MIDI velocity.

  Edit MIDI velocity curve (press 5 or Menu > Editors > Velocity)
	to set the maximum volume note will attack to.

Instrument:

  1 : switch to another instrument or choose from Menu > Instrument

Editors:

  2 : keyboard-keyboard waveform
  3 : attack
  4 : decay
  5 : velocity (MIDI)
  6 : delay
  7 : octave shift

Edit the attack & decay curves to sculpt the attack & decay of a note.

Set sustain (marked by a blue triangle) on the attack editor. 

Parameters:

  Visually edit voices, attack_time, decay_time and pitch_bend. 

  Left-click on the micro-button at the left of a slider to edit
  its min/max.

  Hz/pixel is the amount in hz the pitch of a note will bend for 
  every pixel you move beyond the dotted line with your mouse.

  Use Octave Widget to change octave over bpm.

    Click left arrow to shift an octave down.
    Click right arrow to shift an octave up.
    Change bpm to control speed of octave shift.

Microtonal-Keyboard

Instrument:

1 : switch to other instruments.

or

choose instrument from Menu > Instrument

Editors:

2 : microtonal-keyboard waveform
3 : drone modulation
4 : voice modulation
5 : gater
6 : delays
7 : octave shift
8 : drone waveform

or choose from Menu > Editors

Drone:

  A drone is a continuous sounding tone.
  Create drones on the microtonal-keyboard.
  Height of the drone is its volume.

  q - add drones. hold and move mouse to spray 

  or

  choose Menu > Drone Tools > Add. click to add a drone, click
  and drag to spray, ESC to stop.

  Click & drag a box to select drones.

  l - select all drones
  i - invert selected drones
      
  e - press once and just move mouse to move selected drones:

    move in x changes pitch of selected drones.
    move in y changes volume of selected drones.
    move in both changes both.

      press CTRL to move only in x
      press SHIFT to move only in y

    press e again or click or ESC to stop.

  Or

  choose Menu > Drone Tools > Move. Move as above.

  Menu > Drone parameters > Rotate to rotate selected drones or

    NUMPAD 1 - rotate anti-clockwise
    NUMPAD 2 - rotate clockwise

  Menu > Drone parameters > Scale to scale selected drones or 

    NUMPAD 4 - scale down
    NUMPAD 5 - scale up


  c - delete selected drones or choose Menu > Drone Tools > Delete 
      Careful! No undo :)

  SPACE - mute/unmute lead voice (useful when you want to work 
          just on drones)

  or 

  Click on Voice at the bottom of the microtonal-keyboard.

  , - decrease drone master volume
  . - increase drone master volume
  
  For selected drones,

    - - decrease trail length
    = - increase trail length

    9 - reduce handle size
    0 - increase handle size

    j - freeze / thaw moving drones

  Drone launch:

    A drone launcher launches drones at regular intervals into the 
    microtonal keyboard with an initial speed and direction. These 
    drones fall due to gravity to the bottom of the microtonal keyboard 
    to bounce back unless they target another drone to become one of 
    its satellites.

    h - toggle selected drones into drone launchers
      SHIFT + h - select launched drones too. useful for freeze/thaw

    n - decrease drones per minute launched
    m - increase drones per minute launched

    [ - decrease speed of launched drones
    ] - increase speed of launched drones
    SHIFT + [ - rotate direction of launch anti-clockwise
    SHIFT + ] - rotate direction of launch clockwise
    CTRL + ] - toggle drawing of velocity vectors

    or set from Menu > Drone Parameters

    You can set the number of times the launched drone bounces back from the
    bottom of the microtonal keyboard with Menu > Drone Tools > Bounces.

    You can also set the amount of speed the bounced drone has on rebound as
    a % of speed going in thru Menu > Drone Tools > Speed %

    You can set the lifetime of the launched drone with Menu > Drone Parameters > Change
    lifetime.  
    
    A launched drone dies at the end of its life or when it has bounced
    enough, whichever is earlier.

  Orbiting drones:

    Select a bunch of drones and Menu > Drone Tools > Orbit
    The last selected drone becomes the planet. The other drones
    become satellites. Or

    F4 - orbit selected drones

    also,

    ; - select the planet
    ' - select the satellites

    o - decrease acceleration of satellites towards planet
    p - increase acceleration of satellites towards planet
    CTRL + p - toggle drawing of acceleration vectors

  Launch drones that become satellites:

    A launcher can supply satellites to a planet ie drones 
    launched from a drone launcher can orbit another drone: 

      Select a bunch of drones. 
      Choose Menu > Set targets.
      First drone becomes the drone launcher.
      Drones from this drone orbit the other drones in turn.
      ie they become its targets.

    Change centripetal acceleration of drone launcher (see above)
    to get the satellites orbit their targets tightly (or loosely).

    Set drone lifetime and orbit insertion time of the drone
    launcher to set them for the launched drones.

  k - toggle snap all drones to notes. 

Modulation:

  F3 - toggle modulation target: voice or drones

  F7 & F8:  change FM (frequency modulation) rate in bpm of selected
            drones or all drones or voice.

  SHIFT + F7/F8: decrease/increase amount of change of FM rate in
                 bpm of selected drones or all drones or voice.

  CTRL + F7: set current FM rate as minimum.
  CTRL + F8: set minimum FM rate to 0

  F9 & F10: change AM (amplitude modulation) rate in bpm of selected
            drones or all drones or voice.


  SHIFT + F9/F10: decrease/increase amount of change of AM rate in
                  bpm of selected drones or all drones or voice.

  CTRL + F9: set current AM rate as minimum.
  CTRL + F10: set minimum AM rate to 0.
  
  r and t:  decrease/increase AM depth of selected drones or all drones
            or voice

  y and u:  decrease/increase FM depth of selected drones or all drones
            or voice
  
  or set from Menu > Voice and Menu > Drone Parameters

Phrasor:

  f - start/stop recording phrase
  v - play/pause phrase
  g - erase phrase

  or 

  Menu > Voice > Record a phrase
  
  Scrub with phrase position slider.

Delay:

  Click on the Delay button to toggle stereo delay lines.

  Change feedback & volume curves in the Delay editor (press 6 or
  choose Menu > Editors > Delay)

Gater:

  b - toggle gater or click on the Gater button

  Press 5 or choose Menu > Editors > Gater to edit beat shape.

  F5 & F6: decrease/increase gater bpm

  or set from Menu > Misc 

  Gater button flashes indicating beat shape.

Octave shift:

  z - shift down an octave
  x - shift up an octave

  F11 & F12: decrease/increase octave shift bpm

    SHIFT + F11/F12: decrease/increase amount of change of octave shift bpm
    CTRL + F11: set current octave shift bpm as minimum.
    CTRL + F12: set minimum octave shift bpm to 0

  Press 7 or choose Menu > Editors > Octave Shift to edit how tone changes to octave.
  Its possible to modulate to any other microtone instead of the octave by editing
  the octave shift curve.
  
Visual:

  i : click on this button to toggle display of frequencies of notes and volume 
  j : click on this button to toggle display of pitch and volume of drones 

  F2: Turn UI on or off.

  Range resizing:

      SHIFT + LEFT_ARROW -  expand the current note range to the left 
                            [increases microtones]

      SHIFT + RIGHT_ARROW - contract the current note range 
                            [decreases microtones]

      CTRL + RIGHT_ARROW - expand the current note range to the right 
                           [increases microtones]

      CTRL + LEFT_ARROW - contract the current note range 
                          [decreases microtones]

  Board resizing:
  
      ALT + mouse move - increases/decreases height of the microtonal keyboard

Movement:

  a, d, w, s: left, right, down and up

  or Click on the arrow keys at the bottom of the microtonal-keyboard

Mondrian:

---------------
| Mondrian |--|
---------------

Inspired by the work of Dutch artist Piet Mondrian.

Balls bounce in boxes.
Pass thru slits.
Sound on impact.
Pitch from point of impact.
Initial volume from Menu > Parameters > Min Voices
  More voices means less volume per voice and vice-versa.

Horizontal goes from Key note to octave above.
Vertical goes Key note to octave above.

Set Key note and choose notes of the scale from Settings screen.

Boxes:

Create boxes within boxes.

r - split box under cursor into two new vertical boxes
    Menu > Tools > Split box vertically into 2 boxes 

SHIFT + r - split box under cursor into vertical boxes 
            on the notes of the scale. Or Menu > Tools > 
            Split box vertically at notes

CTRL + r -  split box under cursor vertically into N boxes. 
            or Menu > Tools > Split box vertically into N boxes

            Set N from Tools menu.

f - split box under cursor into two new horizontal boxes
    Or Menu > Tools > Split box horizontally into 2 boxes

SHIFT + f - split box under cursor into horizontal boxes 
            on the notes of the scale Or Menu > Tools > 
            Split box horizontally at notes

CTRL + f  - split box under cursor horizontally into N boxes.
            or Menu > Tools > Split box horizontally into N boxes

            Set N from tools menu.

v - delete box under cursor or Menu > Tools > Delete box

SHIFT + v - delete all boxes in Mondrian
            or Menu > Tools > Delete all boxes

t - make a grid of boxes on the notes of the scale
    or Menu > Tools > Make note grid

SHIFT + t - make an N x N grid of boxes. 
            or Menu > Tools > Make N x N grid

            Set N from tools menu.

Click on a box's edge and just move mouse to move the edge. 
Click again or ESC to stop.

Slits:

  Slits let balls of a box pass thru its walls or ceilings into
  other boxes.

  You can make or close slits or let wrecking and healing balls 
  [see below] make and close them automatically.

  You can also animate slits ie open and close them automatically

  / - Click on an edge of a box to slit. If a slit exists already, 
      it will close.

  Cannot slit if balls will escape the entire playing area.
  Cannot slit corners.

  NUM_PAD + - Increase default slit size
  NUM_PAD - - Decrease default slit size
  Or Menu > Parameters > Change slit size

  To select slits, first change the selection target from balls 
  to slits and then you can use the same shortcuts you use for 
  selecting balls.

  g - change selection target from balls to slits and back.

  When slits are the selection target,

  l - select all slits
  i - invert slit selection
  k - select slits of box under cursor
        hold SHIFT or CTRL to toggle selection
  n - clear slit selection

  c - delete selected slits

  h - toggle slit animation

  INSERT: decrease slit open+close time of selected slits
  DELETE: increase slit open+close time of selected slits

  Or from Menu > Tools or Menu > Parameters.

  To edit an existing slit, edit one of its two lips:
  Click once on a lip, just move mouse to move the lip and click 
  again to stop.

  Also,

  F9  - remove all slits on the edge under cursor
  F10 - remove all slits in the box under cursor
  F11 - remove slits of the box that has a [selected] ball
	F12 - remove all slits

Balls:

b - to launch bouncers or Menu > Tools > Add bouncers
SHIFT + b - to launch wreckers or Menu > Tools > Add wreckers
CTRL + b - to launch healers or Menu > Tools > Add healers

Click, drag and release to launch with an initial velocity

The shortcuts below affect selected balls, balls in box under cursor 
or if cursor is outside all boxes, all the balls in Mondrian. 

[ - decrease speed
] - increase speed

; - decrease attack time
' - increase attack time
SHIFT + ; - decrease attack time increment
SHIFT + ' - increase attack time increment

, - decrease decay time
. - increase decay time
SHIFT + , - decrease decay time increment
SHIFT + . - increase decay time increment

o - rotate direction anti-clockwise
p - rotate direction clockwise
SHIFT + o - decrease angle of rotation
SHIFT + p - increase angle of rotation
CTRL + o - toggle auto rotate direction anti-clockwise
CTRL + p - toggle auto rotate direction clockwise

j - flip direction of travel

SPACE - freeze or thaw  balls
SHIFT + SPACE - freeze balls
CTRL + SPACE - thaw balls

- - decrease trail length
= - increase trail length

Ball types:

  A wrecking ball slits walls and ceilings. Colored red.

  A healing ball closes slits. Colored blue.

  A bouncing ball bounces when its hits wall or ceiling.
  Coloring depends on modulation on the ball. See below.

  F3  - turns selected balls into wrecking balls
        or wrecking balls into bouncing balls.
  
  F4  - turns selected balls into healing balls
        or healing balls into bouncing balls.
  
  F5 -  turns selected balls into bouncing balls.

  F6 -  change all wrecking balls into healing balls
        and vice-versa.
  
  F7 -  select all wrecking balls.

  F8 -  select all healing balls.

Ball selection:

Click once and just move mouse to draw a box to select 
some balls. Click again to stop.

Hold down SHIFT while boxing to add to existing selection
Hold down CTRL while boxing to toggle existing selection

l - select all balls in all boxes
i - invert current selection
k - select all balls in box under cursor
n - clear selected balls

to browse selected balls,

LEFT_ARROW : select previous ball
RIGHT_ARROW : select next ball

Ball manipulation:

c - delete selected balls

m - move selected balls
      just move mouse to move balls, click or ESC or m to stop.

Miscellaneous:

1 - switch instrument or Menu > Instrument
2 - edit waveform 
3 - edit attack curve
4 - edit decay curve

z - shift instrument or selected balls an octave down
x - shift instrument or selected balls an octave up
      balls are gray if they trigger notes without modulation (default)
      balls are black if they trigger notes shifted down
      balls are white if they trigger notes shifted up

y - decrease number of voices
u - increase number of voices

Visual:

Mondrian draws a regular polygon when & where it triggers a note.

9 - decrease radius of note polygon
0 - increase radius of note polygon
SHIFT + 9 - decrease points in note polygon
SHIFT + 0 - increase points in note polygon

F2  - Turn the UI ON or OFF
See Menu > Misc for more visual options.

w, a, s, d - move viewpoint

q, e - zoom in and out

Binaural drones:

DIN creates binaural drones in pairs. The first drone sounds into your
left ear, the second drone sounds into your right ear and so on. So, 
you need to hear this on headphones :) The drones of a pair are 
separated by a small pitch (set with Separation)

DIN can make binaural drone pairs starting at a pitch (100 Hz as 
default), with any separation between the drones of a pair eg., 1 Hz.

DIN can also make binaural drone pairs on the notes of the scale starting
at the key note. The key note can be the starting pitch or can be the 
key note you set on the Settings page. Set the notes of the scale on the 
Settings page.

Turn on Close Octave to create a binaural pair on the octave note.

Resize separation to vary the separation between left and right drones
so that their absolute pitch falls on the notes of the scale.

Press 2 or Menu > Editors > Waveform to edit the waveform driving all 
the binaural drone pairs.

Master Volume controls the overall loudness of all the binaural drones.

Fade time in seconds is the time taken to fade in/out when creating, 
destroying or syncing the drones.

Sync All Drones brings all the binaural drones in phase. Useful to resolve
flare ups to max (and distortion beyond). 

Keep the Compressor and Delays off.

For now, you cant edit the drones once you create them :( 
You have to delete and redo :(

Curve editor:

  ESC: quit editor to return to instrument or use Menu > Instrument
  2-8: switch to an editor or use Menu > Editors

  Simply pick a vertex or tangent and move mouse to move. Click again to stop.

    Press CTRL while moving to move only along X
    Press SHIFT while moving to move along Y

  ALT + click (Windows) or SPACE + click (Mac OS X) and move to move picked 
  vertex and all following vertices. Therefore, pick first vertex to move 
  the whole curve.

  To insert a vertex, choose Menu > Tools > Insert vertex

  To delete a vertex, choose Menu > Tools > Delete vertex

  To draw a freehand curve, choose Menu > Tools > Draw & replace curve
  
  z:  undo last operation
  Or Menu > Tools > Undo

  SHIFT + z:  redo last operation.
  Or Menu > Tools > Redo

  CTRL + c:  copy curve under cursor. 
  Or Menu > Tools > Copy.

  CTRL + v:  replace curve under cursor with copied curve. 
  Or Menu > Tools > Paste.

  To convert curve to a polyline, choose Menu > Tools > Fold tangents.  
    Turn on Selection only to fold tangents of just the selected vertex.

  To convert polyline to bezier curve, choose Menu > Tools > Unfold tangents.
    Turn on Selection only to unfold tangents of just the selected vertex.

  To mirror whole curve about X-axis, choose Menu > Tools > Mirror about X
    Turn on Selection only to mirror just the selected vertex or tangent

  c:  toggle if vertices should carry their tangents when moved.
      Or from Menu > Tools

  m:  toggle if a vertex's tangent is mirrored on its other tangent.
      Or from Menu > Tools

  x:  toggle x snap.
  y:  toggle y snap.
  b:  toggle x and y snap.
  n:  turn off snap.
  Or choose from Menu > Tools

  Mouse capture:

    F7: start / stop mouse capture.
    F8: assign mouse capture to vertex / tangent under cursor.
    F9: detach mouse capture from vertex / tangent under cursor.

    or choose from Menu > Tools > Mouse caputre

  Miscellaneous:

    r : to apply current plugin

  Curve library:

    9:  replace selected curve in editor with previous curve from library.
    0:  replace selected curve in editor with next curve in library.
    Or use the < and > buttons at Menu > Tools > Library

    +:  add curve in editor to library.
    Or choose Menu > Tools > Library > Add

    -:  delete current curve in library.
    Or choose Menu > Tools > Library > Delete

    Menu > Tools > Library > Replace to replace current curve in library
    with the picked curve.

    see curve-library command to organise curves in the library.

  Movement:

    w, s, a , d for up, down, left and right.
    Or from Menu > Tools

  Visual:

    Menu > Tools > Label vertices to toggle vertex labelling 
        
    o   toggle overlay of current instrument

    / : toggle waveform samples display
        or choose Menu > Tools > Show waveform

    . : toggle between drawing the curve profile or drawing the 
        curve profile plus vertices/tangents
        
        or choose Menu > Tools > Draw curve only

    F5, F6: decrease, increase x chunk size
    SHIFT + F5, SHIFT + F6: decrease, increase y chunk size

Recording:

CTRL + ENTER - to start/stop sound recording
or Click on the Record button at the bottom of the microtonal-keyboard

ALT + ENTER - clear existing recording
or choose Menu > File > Clear

Menu > File > Save to save the recording as a .WAV file on the desktop.

Console:

TAB : enter/leave command mode
UP_ARROW / DOWN_ARROW: scroll up/down
SHIFT + UP_ARROW / DOWN_ARROW: scroll up/down command history

In command mode, type help to reveal available commands. Or type
help command_name to get help for a particular command.

PgUp, PgDn: page up, page down
BACKSPACE : delete all text in console
` : fold/unfold console

DIN Is Noise is Copyright (c) 2006-2018 Jagannathan Sampath.
DIN Is Noise for GNU+Linux is Free Software.